Joe Johnston

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    The Farm at Agritopia in Gilbert to Be Featured on NBC Nightly News

    Clear your schedules tonight because The Farm at Agritopia is hosting their weekly Agritopia Farmstand & Food Trucks event, but this time NBC Nightly News is stopping by to see what our little piece of farm heaven in the Valley is all about. Whether you're there every Wednesday or you haven't stoppe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Arizona Restaurant Association Announces the 2014 Finalists for the Foodist Awards

    With all these awards flying around this week, it's getting hard to keep it all straight. So here's a refresher: The Arizona Restaurant Association created the Foodist Awards last year to celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage." Last year, the list of fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Sunchokes from McClendon's Select: This Week's Fresh Pick

    After watching an episode or two of any at least semi-professional competitive cooking show, it's likely you've heard the name sunchoke dropped. Also known as the Jerusalem artichoke, this knobby, brown tuber (or thick stem) of a sunflower varietal really doesn't look like a big deal. While culinary ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    October 14, 2013

    Sam Fox's Zinburger and Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles Headed to Downtown Gilbert

    Recently, restaurants such as Postino East, So Cal Fish Taco Company, and Joyride Taco House have put down stakes in Gilbert, home to restaurateur Joe Johnston's trio of dining spots (Joe's Real BBQ, Liberty Market, and Joe's Farm Grill) for around 15 years. Now, two more are doing the same.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    What Is the Future of Meat?

    For many years, meat's been the star attraction of the American plate. But with the world's population increasing, the demand for sustainably raised meat booming, and with an industry in need of serious change, can meat continue to play the same role it always has 20 to 50 years from now? I picked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    16 Favorite Food Movies and Food-Centric Scenes of Valley Chefs

    From the heartfelt to the mouth-watering to the ridiculously funny, nearly everyone can remember their favorite food movie or food-centric film scene. Which ones strike a chord with Valley chefs and restaurateurs? A few you might expect, some you may not, and a few that go way back -- way back -- i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Liberty Market's Burger Daze: 31 Surprises in August

    Starting today, August 1, Gilbert's Liberty Market will host a parade of burgers the likes of which -- we wouldn't be surprised to hear -- you may never have tasted before. The 31 days of daily specials includes familiar-ish burger variations like The California burger with Swiss cheese, avocado, to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Free Espresso Drinks Today at Liberty Market's E61 Bar

    Liberty Market's FAEMA E61 espresso machine is turning 46 years old today, and in honor of the occasion, the Gilbert restaurant will offer free classic Italian drinks from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. That means espresso, macchiato, or cappuccino, so long as you order them dine-in as opposed to to-go. The mac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Eric Schaefer Kicks Off a New Column for Chow Bella and Introduces Us to Travis Tolmachoff

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. The future of Phoenix food might just be a tall, lanky white kid named Travis Tolmachoff. Many people have dreams of making it big as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    What Are the Pros and Cons of Appearing on Television?

    Thanks to food television pretty much exploding over the last ten years, you can hardly swing a frying pan without hitting a chef, restaurateur, mixologist, home cook, food truck owner, etc., appearing on a morning show this or a reality show that. See also: - Chefs, What's Your Favorite Food City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012
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    September 20, 2012

    6: Francesca Bianco

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    8: Bob McClendon

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    10: Joe Johnston

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Local Farmer Carl Seacat Forges Relationship (and Grows Veggies) with Joe Johnston at Agritopia

    See also: Carl Seacat's Perfect Summer Farmers Market Food Day See also: Tastemaker #75: Carl Seacat Local farmer and Chow Bella Tastemaker Carl Seacat has had an anxious summer. His three-year lease at Blue Sky Farms (where he tended one acre) was not renewed, and he's been scrambling to find a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Liberty Market's Burger Daze Fits Everything But Foie Gras Between Buns

    See also: Thin Mint Cupcakes at Liberty Market Can you eat 31 different burgers in 31 days? Business partners Joe Johnston and Chef David Traina of Liberty Market don't exactly expect you to, but they'll give you points for trying during their third annual Burger Daze event this August. Calorie co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    How Long Is Too Long to Wait For a Table at a Restaurant?

    New Yorkers are certainly no strangers when it comes to obscene wait times for meals, but, hey, it's different in the Valley. So whether you have reservations or not, is waiting for a table at a popular restaurant worth it in the end? I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs how long they would stick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Are Food Festivals Worth It?

    Thousands of people, lots of restaurants, and the plastic cups -- my god, the plastic cups! For many parts of the country, food festivals are in full swing this time of year. We've most likely had a taste or two at several, but what do those on the other side of the booth think? This week, Valley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Liberty Market Sells Stumptown Coffee, Presents a Coffee-Centered Community Dinner

    Coffee is simple, but preparation can get complicated, so most restaurants leave espresso up to the cafe across the street. Luckily for us, restauranteur Joe Johnston likes a challenge and stuck the E61 Bar - where a chrome 1965 espresso machine is the daily driver - right inside Liberty Market to u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Thin Mint Cupcakes at Liberty Market

    Every now and then, a special breed of fast casual spots really wows us with their menus. And if that includes dessert, we definitely want to know about it.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Liberty Market Goes Breakfast for Dinner Next Monday

    Sure, breakfast starts the day off right. But what about a little of that a.m. mojo in the evening hours? Liberty Market, the hip little bistro in Gilbert courtesy of restaurateur Joe Johnston, aims to do just that with a "Breakfast for Dinner" five-course meal served at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 26 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Liberty Market Community Dinner: An Ode to Gilbert's Farmers Market

    ​If you checked out the Gilbert Farmers Market on a recent Saturday, you might've bumped shoulders with Joe Johnston or Chef David Traina of Liberty Market - they've been shopping the aisles and chatting with vendors, compiling a casting list of ingredients that will be the star players in the yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Liberty Market To Host Five-Course, "Fast Food" Feast

    ​Leave it to Liberty Market, the brainchild of restaurateur Joe Johnston and Gilbert's go-to for gourmet burgers, to host their last community dinner in honor of National Fast Food Day (November 16.) Starting at 6:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22, Liberty Market will host a fiv ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 20, 2011
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    September 29, 2011

    Joe Johnston's Perfect Food Day

    ​ If you've ever seen the Joe's Real BBQ logo, you'll find a picture of a man fully decked out in a fedora, button up shirt and tie, wire rimmed glasses and the apron representing his ability to get his hands dirty -- that's Joe Johnston. He originally went to school for engineering (U.S. Naval A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Plasma Cutting A Coffee Roaster, Texas Sheet Cake and A Salmon Lunch Bento

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Acme Metal WorksTom Eckholdt uses a plasma cutter to separate the roasting bowl from the upper ring​We've been enjoying following Joe Johnston's love affair with coffee via his online documentary, The Roaster Project. His latest post shares the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Phoenix Eaterati Dish on Their Fave Foods of 2010

    Joe Johnston Restaurateur Joe Johnston's perfect sandwich of 2010.​ What was the best thing you ate in 2010? I asked around with a handful of Phoenix food lovers, and they were split down the middle. For some, the answer was easy and obvious, a singular work of gastronomic perfec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Terrain: Dangerous Turf for Foodies and Design Fans

    ​Leave it to Joe Johnston, local tastemaker extraordinaire, to casually Tweet about a cool new website that's suddenly become my time-suck/online shopping obsession of the moment: Terrain. It's a home, garden, and gift store from the evil geniuses at Anthropologie, where I have a weakness for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2010

    Cook It Up

    Foodies take to the kitchen for a tasty competition

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Joe's Farm Grill Introduces Dog Days of Summer for September

    The 3-B: bacon, blue cheese, and Joe's Real BBQ sauce​Don't panic, hot dog lovers. You have all month to enjoy ten different varieties of specialty hot dogs that Joe's Farm Grill is rolling out today.The hip Gilbert hangout started its "Dog Days of Summer" menu last year with a rotating lineup of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    BBQ Battle, Dinner & a Movie, Tapas Classes and Jellied Tongue in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Weekend Time!No plans for the weekend? We have a couple ideas to get you off the couch, outta the house and filling your belly with some tasty eats. Always wanted to host your ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Next Week: Artisan Thursday at Liberty Market

    ​Liberty Market, in downtown Gilbert, is the kind of place where food lovers find any excuse to stop by, even when they live in other parts of the Valley. A sip of espresso, a bite of pizza, maybe some breakfast -- this is the kind of place you could visit any time of day. Craving a cortadito ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Joe's Real BBQ to Offer Breakfast on Weekends

    ​There's much not to like about summers in the Valley. The 120-degree temperatures that turn your vehicle's interior into a blast furnace. Aerial shots of the thrice-weekly walls of dust generated by the monsoon. The lamentable way the Arizona Diamondbacks play baseball. But here's someth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Read This: Joe Johnston's Roaster Project Blog

    ​If you consider yourself a card-carrying coffee geek -- or, as restaurateur Joe Johnston would put it, a "disciple" of the "true gospel of coffee" -- then you need to bookmark Johnston's excellent new blog, Roaster Project. But even if you don't consider yourself a java expert or even drink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Today: Joe's Farm Grill Hosts Free Hamburger Day

    ​There's no doubt that Joe's Farm Grill is already a southeast Valley destination. Owner Joe Johnston converted his old family farmhouse into a Jetson-worthy burger joint, and the relaxing setting is a welcome reprieve from the city. But a free hamburger? That's even more reason to visit. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    A Month of Crazy Hot Dogs at Joe's Farm Grill

    For most people I know, hot dogs are usually an occasional indulgence -- maybe a dog with the works and a huge beer at a baseball game, a Nogales dog when the mood strikes, or hot dogs on the grill on a lazy Sunday by the pool. But Joe's Farm Grill has come up with 14 good reasons to eat hot dogs pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Free Drinks on E-61 Espresso Machine's 45th Birthday

    Joe JohnstonThe FAEMA E-61 espresso machine at the E-61 Espresso Bar in Liberty Market.The FAEMA E-61 was a revolution in espresso when it was presented in 1961. It represented the sleek design ushered in with the 60s -- and introduced the new technology that made espresso better for good. Today, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Wednesday: Free BBQ at Joe's in Gilbert

    With all the awards that Joe's Real BBQ has stacked up, the place could easily coast on its own fine reputation. But that's just not how owner Joe Johnston operates. Instead, he makes a point to host an annual Free Day, dishing up gratis plates of the barbecue that made him a local personality. For ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008
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    September 8, 2008

    Liberty Market set to open in Gilbert

    By Michele Laudig The charming stretch of Gilbert Avenue that runs right through the middle of Gilbert is about to get a lot more interesting with the October 14 opening of Liberty Market.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    Joe's Farm Grill on TV -- tune in!

    Here's the lowdown from Joe Johnston, owner of Joe's Farm Grill, which will be featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives next Monday night (May 19): We were contacted last Fall about being a part of "Drive-ins, Diners, and Dives" hosted by popular chef, Guy Fieri. In mid-December, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2007

    The Food Network feasts at Joe's Farm Grill

    "When they call, you make time," says Joe Johnston, owner of Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert, of his recent contact with the Food Network. A production crew from the show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" will be onsite tomorrow to start shooting for an episode that will air in late February. The shoot wi ... More >>

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    November 30, 2006

    Worth the Drive

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    Rocketeer Jerker

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